[Accessibility] Announcing BrailleBlaster an open source project [FWD]

Gregory J. Rosmaita oedipus at hicom.net
Thu Jul 8 06:39:20 PDT 2010

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From: "John J. Boyer" <john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com>
To: accessibility at gnu.org
Sent: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 00:27:37 -0500
Subj: [Accessibility] Announcing BrailleBlaster 

This is an announcement of an exciting new software development project 
that will greatly increase the availability and usability of Braille. 
Since this is an open source project, you are invited to participate. We 
need transcribers and technical writers as well as programmers.

BrailleBlaster will be excellent for translating and formatting braille 
and inserting tactile graphics and hence release a blast of braille.

It will be very user-friendly for non-technical users but also powerful 
enough for experts.

Naive users will be able easily to compose simple documents and then 
translate and emboss them in braille or read them on a braille display.

Advanced users will be able to divide books into multiple braille 
volumes, with title pages, tables of contents, and end-notes for each 

The BrailleBlaster project should be completed within less than two 

BrailleBlaster will be fully usable in speech or braille by people who 
are blind.

It will be designed for Windows, MacIntosh, and Linux operating systems 
and common screenreaders

It will have visual display controls that make it maximally accessible 
for users with low vision and other visual disabilities.

It will be localized into most major languages.

BrailleBlaster will be developed under the Apache 2.0 license, which 
permits broad use, including use in commercial software.

BrailleBlaster's sponsors are ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. and 
Abilitiessoft, Inc. They will hold the license copyright.

John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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